The Western Trust Podiatry services are delivered by a team of HCPC registered podiatrists and podiatry assistants. Our aim is to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for you the service users. We do this by assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of problems affecting the feet and lower limbs, with an emphasis on preventative care.
What We Do
The podiatry team work across a range of clinical settings in the hospital and community to provide a comprehensive foot health service, which includes:
- Nail surgery
- Podiatric management of foot pathology for patients with the following conditions: diabetes, vascular, oncology, rheumatology and renal disease
- Wound Care
- Musculoskeletal service – the treatment of mechanical foot problems with special appliances or insoles
- Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (ICATS)
Podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat people with feet, ankle and lower limbs problems. They aim to improve mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients and to help reduce complications associated with all risk conditions affecting the feet.
These problems can be caused by a range of conditions, including:
- bone and joint disorders, for example, arthritis
- soft tissue and muscular pathologies
- neurological and circulatory diseases
- foot injuries and infections caused by sports and other activities
Accessing Podiatry Services
Referral to the Podiatry Service can be made via your GP, other health care professional or by yourself by contacting the Podiatry Team, contact details are below.
All referrals are triaged on receipt as access criteria are in place for podiatry treatment.
COVID-19 Service Arrangements for Podiatry Department
Please email a photo of your foot wounds/ulcers to the email address below with your:
- Patient Name
- Phone Number
- Date of Birth and
- GPs Name
We will view every image and call you back with a plan.
Due to the current coronavirus crisis, the Podiatry department is seeing urgent , high and active risk patients only – if you have any queries please see contact details below.
Taking Care of Your Feet – Patient Resource – Download and Print
Podiatry Department Foot Health Advice Leaflet
Taking Care of Your Feet – Fit Feet
- Wash your feet daily. Not too hot, too long or too soapy.
- Ensure to wipe clean between toes to prevent risk of infection.
- Moisturise feet and heels daily but not between toes.
- Cut nails straight across.
- File nails weekly.
- If your feet are sore check them for blisters, calluses, verrucae, rashes or bruises.
- Do not pick or peel at your feet.
- Apply a clean dressing on any wound or scratch.
- Red, swollen or hot toes or discoloured nails, seek advice from your podiatrist, GP or pharmacist.
- Always wear clean socks everyday.
Spot the Difference
- The space between the toe joints.
- The space between the toes.
- The bones of the feet.
- The length and width of the foot.
FACT! Poor fitting footwear is the main cause of painful callus and corns. Don’t let the size of your shoes bluff you… particularly if you wear slip-ons. Laced shows need to fit your feet differently.
For further information contact your podiatrist.
A podiatrist is an Allied Health Professional (AHP) who deals with diagnosing and managing problems affecting the foot and lower limb. Degree qualified they are regulated by the HCPC to keep the public safe.
For more information contact the Podiatry Dept:
Derry/Londonderry: 028 7186 5100
Omagh: 028 8283 5005 Ext 237437
South West Acute Hospital: 028 6638 2111
Urgent requests may also need a photo emailed to:
Service access is through self and GP referral. It is important that all patients are registered with us for specialist foot health care.
For more information visit:
Locations where this service is delivered
- Altnagelvin Area Hospital
- Community Services
- Health Centres
- Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex
- South West Acute Hospital
- Waterside Hospital
Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex